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September 9, 2021

Daily News Lesson: How 9/11 weighs on the generation born after the 2001 attacks

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the video from Student Reporting Labs and answer the discussion questions. Some students may find it easier to read along with the transcript or turn on closed captions/CC.

Summary: PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs network of high school journalism programs across the country gathered the reflections of teenagers to explore the legacy of 9/11 on their generation. They present the voices of young Americans who were born after Sept. 11, 2001, and reveal how their lives were shaped by it.

Discussion questions: 

Warm up questions: Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:

  • Who is interviewed for this piece, and what do they have in common?
  • What are some of the feelings expressed by students in this piece?
  • When did the first students born after 9/11 graduate high school?
  • Why do some of these students express optimism or hope?
  • How are these students’ lives impacted by the legacy of 9/11, according to this piece?

Focus questions:

  1. What are some of the ways the legacy of 9/11 has impacted you (feel free to share only what you are comfortable sharing).
  2. How do you think the legacy of 9/11 will shape U.S. society going forward?

Media literacy: Why do you think the producers of this piece chose students of a similar age to interview?

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